Schild wins women’s opening super G |

Schild wins women’s opening super G

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

Martina Schild, of Switzerland, races down the course on her way to winning the Lake Louise World Cup women's Super-G ski race in Lake Louise, Canada, on Sunday Dec. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Frank Gunn)

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” Martina Schild of Switzerland battled biting cold and a slick track Sunday to win the season-opening women’s super G in 1 minute, 16.21 seconds for her first World Cup victory.

Germany’s Maria Riesch, who won a downhill here last year, was second in 1:16.41. Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was third, collecting her first podium finish with a time of 1:16:43.

The 26-year-old Schild was second in downhill at the Turin Olympics, but her best World Cup finish was a third in super G last year. She came into Sunday’s race confident but surprised herself.

“For the super G I had a good feeling but was I going to win? No,” she said. “It was a run to go and risk. I tried to do it and it was very good.”

American Lindsey Vonn, who won Saturday’s downhill, fell, hit a gate and slid into the fencing. Vonn ” formerly Kildow ” said she was sore and bruised but not seriously injured.

The women’s World Cup circuit next stops in Aspen, Dec. 7-9, for downhill, slalom and super G events on Aspen Mountain.

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